Data Journalism - MA / PgCert

  • Level: Postgraduate Taught
  • Starting: September 2020
  • Study mode: MA - Full Time
    PgCert - Part Time
  • Location: City Centre

The MA in Data Journalism is a cutting edge course designed to give you the interactive storytelling skills needed to work within a growing number of jobs in the media and beyond.

The course includes partnerships with The Telegraph, Haymarket magazines, Reach newspapers (formerly Trinity Mirror) in the UK, La Nacion in Argentina and Convoca in Peru, as well as a number of other organisations covering broadcast, online and print data journalism, all of which are keen to bring in the skills that you will be developing on the course. You should indicate on your application in you wish to be considered for opportunities with those organisations during the course.

Studying under internationally renowned course leaders in a city with a vibrant cultural sector, and with access to a range of media organisations, you’ll learn exciting new skills in data journalism and interactive storytelling across a range of contexts, from mobile-first data journalism on social platforms, to practising data driven journalism within online and broadcast newsroom contexts. Partnerships with newspaper, magazine, online and broadcast organisations provide unique opportunities for students to build contacts and experience, and work on live projects.

What's covered in the course?

This practical course is designed to help you respond to work within a range of data journalism roles, from sourcing data, to investigating leads, and communicating your stories in new, engaging ways, in a range of newsroom contexts

Under the guidance of award-winning journalists who have worked with organisations ranging from the BBC and The Bureau of Investigative Journalism to The Guardian and specialist magazines, you’ll develop a keen eye for a story, develop advanced data driven journalism techniques that help you establish the facts, find out how to work within a range of newsroom contexts and tell those stories across a range of platforms.

You’ll get access to some of the industry’s most respected journalists who are working in the field now, learn about the legal, commercial and ethical contexts surrounding the future of journalism, and you’ll have the opportunity to work with wider data communities as you make a name for yourself in your chosen sector. Previous students have worked with organisations including the BBC, ITN, ITV News, The Guardian, The Mirror, Carbon Brief, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, the European Data Journalism Network, TV3 in Catalonia and the Centre for Investigative Journalism.

You’ll have access to the facilities at BCU’s new Parkside campus, including radio and TV studios, and audio and video editing suites. You’ll have access to video and still cameras, audio recording equipment and mobile journalism kits to get out and capture the human side of the story too. You’ll be expected to find and report stories regularly, experimenting with new formats while exploring and testing the latest research into this exciting period in journalism’s development.

As the course progresses you will develop more specialist skills and connect with others already in the industry, building your reputation as you prepare to enter the industry. Graduates of the course and the predecessor MA Online Journalism course have gone on to work as data journalists, data designers, digital editors and journalism consultants.

"I honestly couldn't have done my job without the MA: I'm using R constantly and a lot of OpenRefine. The course taught me which sources I’d need to use to find data and how to accurately report what the figures mean." Carmen Aguilar García, Data Journalist at Sky News

Why Choose Us?

  • Our unique partnership with HuffPost UK will give you the chance to receive tutorials and masterclasses from the HuffPost UK team, as well opportunities for placements and visits to their bureaus.
  • Course leader Paul Bradshaw is a leading innovator in the field of online journalism. An experienced and practising journalist who works with the BBC England data unit, he publishes the Online Journalism Blog, has authored a number of books about data journalism, and has a reputation as one of the most influential people in data journalism. 
  • The course has partnerships with newspaper publishers, broadcast data teams both in the UK and internationally, a number of magazine brands covering both consumer and business media, and two online data operations in South America. The department is also part of Google’s News Lab University Network.
  • Birmingham is the base of the BBC England’s Data Unit as well as the BBC’s shared industry data team, the BBC Academy and BBC Three. Students regularly work with projects involving those teams.
  • You’ll be involved in the annual Data Journalism UK conference, organised by Birmingham City University School of Media and the BBC Academy. It’s a chance to meet and learn from some of the country’s leading data journalists.
  • Graduates have gone on to occupy senior positions in the media as Data Journalist, Data Designer, Stanford University Fellow, and media analyst, and been shortlisted for and won awards.

*Photo by Sara Chaudhry: the Data Journalism UK conference, organised by MA students with the BBC Academy

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Our next Open Day for this course will take place on Sunday 24 November. Register your interest and we'll send an email update nearer the time. Visit us to see our facilities and speak to our staff and students.

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Partnerships

The course includes partnerships with:

  • The Telegraph
  • Haymarket magazines
  • Reach newspapers (UK)
  • La Nación (Argentina)
  • Convoca (Peru)

Speak to an expert

If you’ve got any questions about the course, we’d love to hear from you. Please email the Course Director: Paul Bradshaw.

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Alternatively, you can register for our next postgraduate open day.

Entry Requirements

Essential Requirements 
Essential

You should have a 2:1 or higher in a related discipline from any UK university.

Applicants should submit a portfolio of examples of their media production work. That might include examples of journalism online, in print or video or audio. The more varied this is, the better. If you have any other relevant work, such as photography, web or print design, film making, research, or running online communities, then please include that too.

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  • UK/EU students
  • International students

Award: MA

Starting: Sep 2020

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 1 year
  • £7,400 per year

Award: PgCert

Starting: Sep 2020

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Part Time
  • 1 year
  • TBC

Award: MA

Starting: Sep 2020

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Full Time
  • 1 year
  • £12,800 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Personal statement

Students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.

Your postgraduate personal statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further study.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Your passion and motivations

Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?

Why this course?

Show that you’ve researched the course offering. What is it about this particular course that appeals to you? Is it the lecturers? The modules? Etc.

What makes you a good postgraduate candidate?

Tutors want to know that you can handle postgraduate study, so show them how your undergraduate experiences or work life has equipped you for a more advanced level of study. Key areas to address are research and group work but this can vary depending on your chosen course.

Relevant academic or work experience

Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills? How do these specifically relate to the course you are applying for?

You should also mention your future plans and how a postgraduate qualification fits in. Try to look beyond your postgraduate study – do you plan to jump straight into a specific career or follow your studies with a research degree? Lastly, use plain, professional English and, where possible, utilise the language of your chosen industry.

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Additional costs

You will be expected to report using your mobile phone and laptop, so you will need a good quality handset and a data plan large enough for uploading multimedia. You should also ensure your laptop is powerful enough to run data journalism tools. The course often includes opportunities to visit external events and organisations. These are not compulsory but you may need to be able to cover transport costs where applicable. 

The additional costs listed here are to be used for indicative purposes only and are based on the additional costs for the 2018/19 academic year. The additional costs for 2019/20 will be published as soon as possible.

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Did you know that you can apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,906 for some courses and options?

Postgraduate loans

MA modules

In order to complete this course you must successfully complete all the following CORE modules (totalling 140 credits):

Data Journalism
20 credits

Within the context of the increasing use of data within media organisations, Data Journalism aims to facilitate a flexible and adaptable skillset, including the use of ‘computational thinking’, that provides a basis for you to critically adapt to both new and existing data journalism techniques. The module provides practical skills within a range of frameworks applicable to the production practice routes of the award. It also provides a basis for the successful completion of the Master’s route project, and introduces potential avenues of practice-based inquiry for routes into PhD progression beyond.

Research in Practice
20 credits

The module is intended to help you develop and consolidate your ideas for your MA Major Project. By providing a common module that comprises of all MA Media cohorts, Research in Practice aims to facilitate a shared skillset that aids the successful completion of the MA Major project, as well as the potential for routes into PhD progression beyond. It is also designed to encourage interdisciplinary discussions across MA awards.

Specialist Journalism and Investigations
20 credits

Specialist journalism and Investigations aims to facilitate a flexible and adaptable skillset that provides a basis for students to critically adapt to any chosen field of reporting. It also provides a basis for the successful completion of the master’s route project, and introduces potential avenues of practice-based inquiry for routes into PhD progression beyond.

Major Project
60 credits

The purpose of the module is to enable you to undertake a sustained, in-depth and theoretically informed research project exploring an area that is of personal interest to you. It is important that we can support you appropriately, so you will be guided towards choosing a research topic which is relevant to your discipline and in which your lecturers have expertise. The outcome may take the form of a written dissertation or a practical outcome with accompanying reflective, critical and contextual material. The main consideration when choosing your topic is that it must be relevant to your programme and you should consider the relevance of this topic to your future academic or professional development.

CORE options:

Work Placement OR
20 credits

The purpose of this module is to enable you to develop professional attributes and subject skills through experience in the work place, and to critically reflect upon your learning in that context. You will normally be expected to arrange your own placement, with support from academic staff and BCU Careers. Typically, the placement duration is 70 hours. This can be achieved in one block, or can be dispersed over a longer period of time, if required. It is also possible to fulfil this module via a shorter placement of 35 hours duration and a linked ‘live’ project set by the employer.

Entrepreneurship in Practice
20 credits

Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity have become the hallmarks to contemporary business organisations both small and large in the globalised business environment. Successful business ventures are born out creativity and innovation and the continued survival of corporate organisations is dependent on their ability to be creative and innovative while promoting a culture of corporate entrepreneurism referred to as Intrapreneurship.

In order to complete this course you must successfully complete at least 40 credits from the following indicative list of OPTIONAL modules.

Narrative: From Media to Interactive Media
20 credits

Within the context of media integration and convergence, Narrative: from media to interactive media aims to help students to build a flexible skillset that provides a basis to critically adapt to both new and developing storytelling technologies.

Social Media as Culture and Practice
20 credits

This module is intended to give an overview of the current state of scholarly research into the use of social media platforms as a communication tool and also enable students to develop as social media practitioners who can develop innovative solutions to communications problems and develop their expertise at using social networking platforms in sophisticated ways. To that end, the module combines engagement with academic texts through lectures and seminars, with a series of practicebased workshops. The module explores the role of social media as an aspect of everyday communications, examining the technologies and practices that are put to use by citizens, activists, media producers and others, examining the range of practices that are emerging and their social and cultural role and character.

Multiplatform and Mobile Journalism
20 credits

This module provides practical skills within a range of conceptual frameworks in the context of media integration and convergence. Students will build a flexible and adaptable skillset and a basis to critically apply modern newsgathering, production and distribution technologies.

Media Law and Regulation
20 credits

Media Law and Regulation focuses on key areas of UK and international media law. It will examine the ethical, regulatory and legal constraints under which media workers create content. The module will cover issues including defamation, censorship, human rights law, copyright, privacy, security and contempt. It will enable you to develop a critical understanding of the limitations imposed by law and regulation on reporting and publishing and also look at those areas of law that work to protect journalists. You will develop a critical perspective on key debates in media law and regulation affecting media work. The module is open to all students pursuing MA awards in the School of Media.

Law, Regulation and Institutions
20 credits

Law, Regulation & Institutions focuses on key areas of the law and regulatory systems as they relate to the media, as well as allowing you to research those institutions which are important sources of news. The module will examine the ethical, regulatory and legal constraints under which journalists work. It will look in detail at issues including defamation, contempt of court and various reporting restrictions, human rights law, including the conflict between rights to privacy and to freedom of expression and copyright. It will enable you to develop a critical understanding of the limitations imposed by law and regulation on reporting and also look at those areas of law that work to protect journalists. You will develop a critical perspective on key debates in media law and regulation. The module will also introduce students to the core institutions of public life, particularly in the fields of politics, criminal justice, education, health and social welfare and business. You will conduct your own research into these areas as sources of news.

Strategic Communication for Social Change
20 credits

This module develops a sophisticated understanding of the processes and outcomes of planning a communications strategy for a range of organisations that strive to bring about social change. Throughout the emphasis is on the communication challenges facing activist, not-for-profit, charity, and public sector organisations and developing persuasive messages to explain complex issues to a range of stakeholder groups.

 
Core modules are guaranteed to run. Optional modules will vary from year to year and the published list is indicative only.

PgCert modules

Data Journalism
20 credits

Within the context of the increasing use of data within media organisations, Data Journalism aims to facilitate a flexible and adaptable skillset, including the use of ‘computational thinking’, that provides a basis for you to critically adapt to both new and existing data journalism techniques. The module provides practical skills within a range of frameworks applicable to the production practice routes of the award. It also provides a basis for the successful completion of the Master’s route project, and introduces potential avenues of practice-based inquiry for routes into PhD progression beyond.

Specialist Journalism and Investigations
20 credits

Specialist journalism and Investigations aims to facilitate a flexible and adaptable skillset that provides a basis for students to critically adapt to any chosen field of reporting. It also provides a basis for the successful completion of the master’s route project, and introduces potential avenues of practice-based inquiry for routes into PhD progression beyond.

Law, Regulation and Institutions
20 credits

Law, Regulation & Institutions focuses on key areas of the law and regulatory systems as they relate to the media, as well as allowing you to research those institutions which are important sources of news. The module will examine the ethical, regulatory and legal constraints under which journalists work. It will look in detail at issues including defamation, contempt of court and various reporting restrictions, human rights law, including the conflict between rights to privacy and to freedom of expression and copyright. It will enable you to develop a critical understanding of the limitations imposed by law and regulation on reporting and also look at those areas of law that work to protect journalists. You will develop a critical perspective on key debates in media law and regulation. The module will also introduce students to the core institutions of public life, particularly in the fields of politics, criminal justice, education, health and social welfare and business. You will conduct your own research into these areas as sources of news.

The MA is completed full time across three semesters covering one year. The first semester focuses on a broad range of skills: you will be introduced to data gathering techniques, computer assisted reporting, and interactivity. You will also explore how to tell stories across different platforms using a range of media, including text, audio, video and visual journalism. You will also be developing an understanding of different research methodologies.

You’ll benefit from a blend of academic learning and practical application, exploring and applying the latest industry and academic research on cutting edge newsgathering, production and distribution techniques. Alongside this you will develop essential understanding of the legal and ethical contexts surrounding modern journalism.

In the second semester you explore data journalism in more depth, developing more advanced coding skills for finding and telling stories, alongside investigation skills and an understanding of law, regulation and security.

The final semester sees you developing a project or dissertation to build your reputation as a practitioner in your field. Previous examples have ranged from live working news websites and documentaries to ebooks, investigations, broadcast packages and portfolios of work for clients.

The PGCert version of the course consists of 60 credits of study completed across three semesters covering 12 months. The credits are obtained on three modules: Data Journalism in semester 1, and both Specialist Journalism, Investigations and Coding and Law, Regulation and Institutions in semester 2, with deadlines for those staggered across semester 2 and a final summer semester. This allows students to focus on building cutting edge skills in data journalism and investigation alongside their current employment.

Classroom projects

Examples of classroom activities you will be involved in include:

  • Data-driven investigations that put a human face and establish the facts on topical issues
  • Live newsrooms within various contexts, from online-only to broadcast newsrooms with associated online presence
  • Experimentation with new forms of storytelling, from virtual reality and bots to interactivity and new social media platforms

Student stories

Victoria Oliveres 1

Victoria Oliveres

Scooped a £4000 prize in the 360 Giving data visualisation competition


"As part of a competition launched by 360Giving I built a data visualisation that showed themes, amounts and organisations funded by grant makers. My tutor Paul shared the competition details and he’s always encouraging us to try new things, so I thought it would be a good way to practise and develop some of the visualisation skills we’ve learned. When my work was selected as one of the winners I felt so happy and euphoric! I couldn't believe it as I wasn't an expert in this field and was awarded £4000!"

Jonny Jacobson

Jonny Jacobsen

Part of Jonny’s final project was published in the Royal Statistical Society’s magazine, Significance


"I wrote a first draft during my two-week RSS work placement in London and developed it further over the summer, interviewing key sources in London, Cardiff and Edinburgh. The main article ran in the October issue of the RSS magazine, Significance. I also published a separate piece in The Daily Mirror on some scandalous British Coal memos I found in the National Archives."

Overseas opportunities

The final MA project can be completed from overseas. Previous students have, for example, run a hyperlocal news site based in Canada, built a data project in Portugal, and crowdfunded for an investigative longform ebook from Northern Ireland.

Further study

Studying MA Data Journalism can form a platform for further study at PhD level, such as our Media and Cultural Studies PhD research degree. 

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Trips and visits

Students on the course are given regular opportunities to attend industry events and newsrooms. These have included hackdays at the Times and BBC, trips to the BBC, Guardian, Telegraph, FT, IPC magazines, the Centre for Investigative Journalism Summer School and the Nordic data journalism conference NODA in Helsinki.

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The course focuses on developing graduates at the cutting edge of contemporary professional practice, with a critical knowledge of the field leading practical application.

In addition to specific technical skills, students will also develop highly employable qualities in adapting to new technologies, and work towards building their contacts and reputation in the field. Opportunities to work with industry clients often lead to employment or the establishing of new enterprises. 

Placements

Students on the MA can choose to undertake an industry placement of 72 hours, work with a client on a project or research entrepreneurship in practice. Previous students have undertaken placements or projects with clients including the BBC, The Guardian, the Open Knowledge Foundation, The European Data Journalism Network, the Royal Statistical Society, and the Centre for Investigative Journalism.

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OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Links to industry

The course has strong links across all aspects of the media industry, including online, broadcast, magazines, newspapers, NGOs and new media startups. The school of media hosts the annual industry event Rethink Media, while Paul Bradshaw organises the annual Data Journalism UK conference in the city and is regularly invited to speak at industry events all over the world. The school’s global reputation in multiplatform journalism leads to frequent approaches from media organisations looking for cutting edge expertise or student input into new projects: examples range from Al Jazeera involving students in the design of a ‘news game’ and The Telegraph recruiting students to liveblog news events, to Centaur magazines inviting students to improve their social media performance and the BBC testing out new Snapchat content in class.  Every year students attend a hackday at The Times, and one-off hackdays organised with the course include a music festival data hackday, transport data hackday and BBC election hackday.


Our graduates

Carmen Aguilar Garcia

Carmen was employed by Sky News in 2018 and was the first Data Journalist at the company. Her role involves working on data stories with other reporters for digital and TV.


“Honestly, I couldn't have done this job without the MA, because I'm using R constantly and a lot OpenRefine. The course taught me which sources I’d need to use to find data and how to accurately report what the figures mean.

I chose to study at Birmingham City University because the course curriculum really stood out to me, along with the expertise and career path of the course leader. I would say the highlight was the industry events we attended and my advice to students would be to take advantage of the different events, hackdays, conferences and work placement opportunities.”

Graduate jobs

Graduate employability on the course is extremely high, with alumni working as digital editors, reporters, social media managers, data journalists, data designers, production assistants, UGC reporters, journalism consultants and professors, and media analysts.

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Our students

The course regularly attracts Spanish-speaking students and we have a strong network of contacts in the Spanish-speaking world. Previous students have undertaken projects based in Spain and some of the course material is also available in Spanish. Paul Bradshaw is even learning to speak the language!

We have a growing network of contacts in Nigeria: two members of staff – Paul Bradshaw and Yemisi Akinbobola – won the prestigious CNN African Journalist of the Year award for an investigation published in Nigeria, and the pair plan to do more in the region.

Canadian students have done particularly well on the course. Undertaking projects in Canada as part of their studies enabled them to build their reputation in that jobs market. One now teaches journalism in Canada.

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

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Our Facilities

When you join Birmingham City University, the first thing you will notice is the high standard of our campuses.

With an investment of £340 million across our buildings and facilities, we are committed to giving you the very best learning environment to help shape your experience.

State-of-the-art facilities

You will learn in our state-of-the-art facilities - including the £62m fully-digital Media Centre - located on the City Centre Campus. You will enjoy access to extensive studio and workshop space including four TV studios, six radio studios and broadcast-standard edit suites, as well as cutting-edge equipment and software.

Facilities include the largest TV floor of any university in the UK, a ‘green screen’ and the MILO motion control camera - we are one of just two universities in Europe to offer MILO technology.

Our Staff

Our teaching staff comprises specialists in their respective fields, including academics and industry professionals, all of whom are perfectly placed to offer a wealth of experience and knowledge. Birmingham School of Media students also benefit from access to high-profile guest speakers from across the industry.

A dynamic community that is responsive to the changing face of the media industry, Birmingham School of Media is the perfect starting point to your media career.

Paul Bradshaw

Course Leader (MA Multiplatform and Mobile Journalism)

Paul Bradshaw leads both the MA in Data Journalism and the MA in Multiplatform and Mobile Journalism at Birmingham City University, and works as a consultant data journalist in the BBC England data unit.

He is also the founder of the investigative journalism crowdsourcing site, Help Me Investigate, which was shortlisted in 2010 for Multimedia Publisher of the Year and won the Talk About Local Investigation of the Year award the same year. His other awards include the CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards 2016 for an investigation into Nigerian football agents, and the BBC England 2017 Data Journalism award for a story on discrimination in the housing sector.

Read Paul's full profile

Yemisi Akinbobola

Dr Yemisi Akinbobola

Lecturer & Strategic Lead, Internationalisation of Research

Yemisi holds a PhD in Media and Cultural Studies from Birmingham City University, and she is the Course Director for MA Global Media Management. Her research interest is in media entrepreneurship, digital journalism and African feminism. An award-winning journalist, she ran her news website, IQ4News, for four years. Her media work is Africa focused, covering stories from rape culture in Nigeria, to an investigative and data story on the trafficking of young West African football hopefuls by fake agents. The latter won her the CNN African Journalist Award 2016 (sports reporting). She has freelanced for publications including the United Nations Africa Renewal magazine, and has several years’ experience in communication management for charities.

Yemisi recently founded her second company, Stringers Africa, which connects freelance journalists in African countries with newsrooms worldwide, and organises the annual African Women in the Media (AWiM) conference and festival. Through AWiM, she aims to have a positive impact on the way media functions in relation to women, and to promote the economic empowerment of women.

Professor Diane Kemp

Professor of Broadcast Journalism

Diane worked for BBC radio and television as a broadcaster, reporter and producer and for a number of commercial radio stations before joining the University. She is course director of several postgraduate broadcast journalism courses and is deputy chair of the UK’s national accreditation organisation, the BJTC.

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Bob Calver

Senior Lecturer

Bob has more than four decades of journalistic experience, including 18 years as a reporter, producer and editor with the BBC. He has worked in regional newspapers, for online news sites and for magazines. Alongside his role at the University, where he teaches broadcast journalism and media law to postgraduate students, he edits two magazines - one of which he also owns and publishes. This work forms the basis of his current PhD by practice research.

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